Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker lands on Showtime

American broadcaster secures US rights for heavyweight unification bout.

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker lands on Showtime

Showtime has secured the broadcast rights to Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker’s heavyweight boxing title unification bout on 31st March.

The US premium broadcaster will air the heavyweight contest live from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The fight adds to the network's stretch of 13 world title fights across 11 cards over the first six months of 2018.

"The heavyweight division is in the midst of a renaissance, and Showtime is delivering all of the pivotal bouts to our subscribers," said Stephen Espinoza, Showtime president of sports and event programming. "Anthony Joshua is a global superstar, and we're proud to present his sixth, and perhaps most challenging, world title fight to the US audience."

Joshua-Parker will be the 12th heavyweight world championship match Showtime has aired since Deontay Wilder outpointed Bermane Stiverne in 2015 for the WBC title.

The fight is just the second heavyweight unification bout between unbeaten fighters and the first since Mike Tyson defeated Tony Tucker in 1987. 

The IBF, WBA and IBO champion Joshua, who has won all 20 of his professional fights within the distance, shot to new heights last year when he knocked out former division king Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London. The Englishman then went on to set an indoor boxing attendance record as he defeated Carlos Takam in front of 78,000 people in Wales.

26-year-old New Zealander Parker, who has posted 18 knockouts in his own perfect 24-fight record, will be making the third defence of the WBO title he won against Andy Ruiz Jr in 2016.